EXCLUSIVE: Gregg Hurwitz, author of the best-selling Orphan X series, has inked what’s described as a “significant seven-figure deal” with publisher Minotaur Books for the next three volumes in the series. The next book in the series, Out of the Dark: The Return of Orphan X, hits shelves on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
The series kicked off in 2016 with Orphan X, followed by The Nowhere Man and Hellbent. The Orphan X series follows Evan Smoak, who, after being pulled from his home at the age of 12, is trained in the Orphan Program as a secret government assassin. After he escapes the program he creates a new life for himself, until he is forced to complete one last mission: saving the final Orphan, as the same shadowy government forces that ran the Orphan Program attempt to wipe out any shred of evidence that it ever existed.
The Orphan X series often draws comparisons to the Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher franchises.
“The Orphan X series is hands down of the most exciting thriller series being written today,” said Andrew Martin, publisher of Minotaur Books. “Just ask any book seller, reviewer or reader — the accolades are deafening. We are delighted to be in the Gregg Hurwitz business for the foreseeable future – and a white-hot bright future it is!”
This deal was was negotiated by Minotaur Books executive editor Keith Kahla and agent Lisa Erbach Vance of the Aaron Priest Literary Agency.
Last year, Brad Weston’s Makeready landed the rights to the Orphan X book series, with plans to adapt the thrillers into a TV series in conjunction with Justin Lin’s Perfect Storm Entertainment.
Hurwitz, who penned 2017’s The Book of Henry, directed by Colin Trevorrow, is set to co-adapt the books for TV. He will also executive produce with Scott Nemes, Makeready’s head of television. Lin and Danielle Woodrow will executive produce for Perfect Storm.
A launch party for Out of the Dark will take place on Jan. 29 at Diesel Books of Brentwood will kick off a 12-city US book tour, followed by events in the UK. Out of the Dark has Orphan X setting out to bring down the most powerful, closely guarded person on the planet–the corrupt President of the United States.
Hurwitz is repped by CAA.